Finland is going through one of the biggest reforms in its history. SOTE, or Social and Health reform, will reshuffle the traditional health services and, beyond that, create new systems for purchases, public reimbursements, national digital information systems, insurances and much more.


Many items impacting national competitiveness, and simultaneously that of individual companies, are on the drawing board and yet businesses are supposed to build their strategies.


The Life Science Group event on SOTE reform aims to shed light on issues that are important from the business perspective. With plenty of unknowns on the issue, this event gives you the chance to prepare questions to air with panelists and fellow health and business experts. It takes place on June 8, from 8:30-10:00 AM at the Amcham office, Eteläranta 6.


Panelists include Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Jorge Ruiz Benecke, General Manager at Abbvie and Ville Koiste, Specialist in Capacity for Renewal at Sitra, The Finnish Innovation Fund. Lasse Männistö, Director of Healthcenters and Outsourcing Services at Mehiläinen, will moderate the discussion.



Dr Päivi Sillanaukee

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Päivi Sillanaukee, MD, PhD, was appointed as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012 she was the Director General of the Department for Social and Health Services at the Ministry. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Mayor and the Director of Social and Health Services in the City of Tampere. Between 1990 and 2004, she held various clinical and managerial positions in the Pirkanmaa Hospital District.


Dr. Sillanaukee is a Specialist in Public Health and Management from the University of Helsinki, and she also holds an Executive MBA from the University of Tampere. Among many other projects, Dr. Sillanaukee has participated in the work of several EU and international bodies and supervises the international activities of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.


Jorge Ruiz Benecke

General Manager


Jorge Ruiz Benecke is General Manager at AbbVie Finland, a highly focused research-driven biopharmaceutical company. He has experience in business development, international regulation, global health policy and HTA processes. While previously working as Global Immunology Marketing General Manager at AbbVie, he learned how healthcare is organized and provided in 50 different countries.


Ville Koiste

Specialist, Capacity for Renewal


Ville Koiste is a Specialist in Capacity for Renewal at Sitra, The Finnish Innovation Fund, which has allowed him insights into the holistic picture of healthcare in Finland. He is currently developing the Finnish health and life sciences ecosystem and promoting its capacity for renewal. He manages multiple projects that enable cross-sectoral and trust-based partnerships as well as new, human-driven service models. In addition, Ville works as a digital catalyst, browsing innovation opportunities enabled by technology and design thinking.



Lasse Männistö, Moderator

Director, Healthcenters and outsourcing services


Lasse Männistö is Director of Healthcenters and Outsourcing Services at Mehiläinen, Finland’s largest private provider of social and healthcare services. Prior to Mehiläinen, Lasse Männistö was a Member of Parliament, where he was a member of the social and health committee as well as a Minister’s special assistant. He has also worked as a business development manager and marketing and communications lead in Mediverkko and as a management consultant at August Associates.

Amcham Finland Offices


Eteläranta 6 A 8, 00130, Helsinki




June 8, from 8:30 – 10:00 AM



For more information contact:


Virve Ilkka
Program Manager, Life Science Group
+358 50 534 5629